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Big Pine Key, FL

sunny 73 °F

Trouble in paradise! Started the day with plans to do some 🚴 riding in Key West, hit the beach then crash a fancy beachfront resort we always visit, but things took a bad turn. Getting out of our park takes a left turn on the highway ☝️ without a light! As always there was a ton of traffic going fast so I had to make a quick move and "floor it". Sadly I did not "unfloor " it soon enough and got a very pricey ticket! My well planned afternoon turned into finding the courthouse and paying the fine. Also I have to take an online four hour safety driving course later to avoid the points on my license. So 🙁 I just wanted to quit and head 🏡 but Mary pulled me out of it and talked me into going to an Irish bar with music in Key West. Got back and once again was treated to the most spectacular starry sky and looking for the friendly octopus who I am told comes up out of the deep quarry to the shallow water on the edge where you shine the light. It would even come up to your feet and changes into many different colors. Hope this is not a joke pulled on me because it's working.

Mary: We spent our last day here at the beach, just kick back and enjoy the park. Even though it was in the 70's, it gets hot here...we found a shaded area to hang, close to the water and listen to the radio, catching up on the news. Saw a sailboat coming into the harbor...how graceful she looked!
Dinner was nothing to rave about...chicken dogs for John and Chinese noodles for me. We had to cook and eat in a hurry because the mosquitos were coming out.
As I am writing this, the sun is setting, and John is riding his bike visiting our next door neighbors from France, a couple in their 80's. Imagine that! They camp, ski, and play tennis.

Our kids having a great time at the beach today.
Nice dayfor windsurfing .

Thirty plus years I have had this slight grinding sound on my bike which gets louder with time. Thinking that it's my pedal, I would constantly oil it at no avail.Riding today I happen to stop and visit new friends Rachel and Gardner, two sites down, who happen to own an upscale bike shop on the east coast. Rachel knew the problem right away and Gardner went to work with his special tools and fixed it! It wasn't even my pedal after all and Gardner said the unit on the bike was going to come apart soon. Today is a much luckier day than yesterday.

Posted by Bananawind2016 05:44 Archived in USA

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